By: Kimberly Davenport∼MRC Board Member∼
If you are like most library lovers, you have already checked out the Susquehanna County Library’s new location–and have found multiple reasons to return.
If you haven’t visited by now, or if you are looking for any excuse to go back, we recommend you attend the library’s celebration scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to Sue Stone, Administrator/Librarian, “After many years of fundraising the doors of the new library in Montrose opened with limited services on July 17th. Now, myself, staff, and the Board of Trustees are ready to welcome the entire Susquehanna County Community.”
That “welcome” includes an abundance of free activities for all ages, live music by the Mountain Aire Brass, and tasty food.
“The children’s librarian, Karen Reed, will have story time, craft projects and block building for kids, and community member Holli Chichester will have lego activities. We also have adult paper crafting with Missy Heller, and are working on something for the teens,” says Sue.
Additionally, there will be face painting by Amie Yasnovich, outdoor games, and Wanda Rockwell, the mastermind of Susquehanna Rocks, will also be there with a rock painting activity.
According to Linda Whitney, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association, the rock painting activity is very popular.
“The idea is you paint a simple rock, write ”Post to Susquehanna Rocks Facebook” on the back and place it around your community to be found by someone else, who then posts where they found it; the painter can reply telling where it originated. The rock can be kept, or placed in a new location to keep the cycle going.”
The Susquehanna Rocks Facebook page, which has over 7,000 members, serves as a journal of each rock’s travels, and the idea is being copied by many other towns and counties.
“I have found a rock and witnessed others excitement when they found one. It is fun for all ages. Some rocks are quite beautifully detailed,” says Linda.
If you haven’t visited the library, this is truly the time to do so. During the library’s celebration, Library Friends will be conducting tours of the beautiful facility, and library staff members will be explaining their behind-the-scenes roles.
Library Friends is a group of volunteers who host the November library annual meeting, stuff envelopes, offer their baking skills, and assist in fundraising efforts, and, according to Linda, anyone who is interested may join.
For those wishing to explore the idea of e-book borrowing, Gina Cherundolo will be on hand at the celebration to conduct e-books sessions.
“Many people have devices that can be used to read e-books, but don’t know how. Gina will guide them through the process and explain how to borrow e-books from the library,” says Linda.
For used book lovers, the Used Book Retail space will be open.
“The library accepts donations of used books throughout the year. In the past, these were sold exclusively in the tents at the Blueberry Festival. Now patrons can shop any time of year at a more leisurely pace in a well-lit welcoming space. Of course, there will still be many, many books at the Blueberry Festival next year,” Linda assured.
The Montrose location, 458 High School Road (across from the high school), is the hub for branches in Hallstead, Susquehanna,Forest City, and the Outreach service–this celebration is for the whole county. We hope to see you there!